Vargas will be fine academically

Eloy Vargas had to leave Florida because of academic issues that Miami Dade College coach Matt Eisele said he could not discuss even though reports are that Vargas' grade-point average was not a problem. Instead, he failed to pass a mandatory freshman course Florida requires.

Eloy Vargas had to leave Florida because of academic issues that Miami Dade College coach Matt Eisele said he could not discuss even though reports are that Vargas' grade-point average was not a problem. Instead, he failed to pass a mandatory freshman course Florida requires.

"He will be fine academically and will be on the international trip (to Canada) with UK in the preseason," Eisele said. "All I can say is that when he came to Miami Dade, he was eligible. He just had a problem with one course at Florida.

"He passed 15 credits with a 4.0 GPA his first semester. The second semester he had 21 credits with a 2.9 GPA. He has done really well here. He goes to class, goes to tutors. He will do all it takes to be successful academically. Again, when we got his transcript, he was eligible for us. He was ready to play and was an all-American and conference player of the year. He's on pace to graduate with no problems academically."

Eisele thinks Vargas will need to adjust to Kentucky, but doesn't think the fan or media spotlight will overwhelm him.

"He has a big heart and wants others to do well. That's why I am so happy he is doing well," his coach said. "Obviously, like every kid, he has things to improve on both on and off the court. But he cares about winning and he fits what they do at UK. He will be a great piece of the puzzle for Kentucky.

"I think he will be fine with the spotlight, too. He knows how to handle the media and deal with it. He's been at the highest level at Florida and knows about making the right decisions when he's under a microscope. I think he will be successful and eventually pursue a professional career.

"Early in his high school career he dealt with a language barrier, but he's much better now. He knows if he wants to be a success, he has to interact with the media and he embraces that now."


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